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List of famous lexicographers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. What is a lexicographer? Quite simply, a lexicographer is someone who compiles dictionaries. Who are the top lexicographers in the world? This includes the most prominent lexicographers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable lexicographers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic lexicographers were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned lexicographers.

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From reputable, prominent, and well known lexicographers to the lesser known lexicographers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the lexicographer field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous lexicographers ever?" and "What are the names of famous lexicographers?" then you're in the right place.

Samuel Johnson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Samuel Johnson, often referred to as Dr Johnson, was an English writer who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and ...more

J. R. R. Tolkien is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE FRSL was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor who is best known as the author of the classic high-fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of ...more

William Craigie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Sir William Alexander Craigie was a philologist and a lexicographer. A graduate of the University of St Andrews, he was the third editor of the Oxford English Dictionary and co-editor of the ...more

Eric Partridge is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Eric Honeywood Partridge was a New Zealand–British lexicographer of the English language, particularly of its slang. His writing career was interrupted only by his service in the Army Education ...more

James Murray is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Sir James Augustus Henry Murray was a Scottish lexicographer and philologist. He was the primary editor of the Oxford English Dictionary from 1879 until his death.

Philip Babcock Gove is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Philip Babcock Gove was an American lexicographer who was editor-in-chief of the Webster's Third New International Dictionary, published in 1961. Born in Concord, New Hampshire, he received his ...more

Thomas Dyche is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Thomas Dyche Reverend Thomas Dyche was an English schoolmaster and lexicographer from Ashbourne, Derbyshire. He published a number of books on the English language including one thought to be the first ...more

Noah Webster is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Noah Webster, Jr., was an American lexicographer, textbook pioneer, English-language spelling reformer, political writer, editor, and prolific author. He has been called the "Father of ...more

Nicolas Slonimsky is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Nicolas Slonimsky, born Nikolai Leonidovich Slonimskiy, was a Russian-born American conductor, author, pianist, composer and lexicographer. Best known for his writing and musical reference work, ...more

Henry Bradley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Henry Bradley Henry Bradley was a British philologist and lexicographer who succeeded James Murray as senior editor of the Oxford English Dictionary.

Patrick Hanks is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Patrick Hanks Patrick Hanks is an English lexicographer, corpus linguist, and onomastician. He has edited dictionaries of general language, as well as dictionaries of personal names. He was educated at ...more

Eliezer Ben-Yehuda is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Eliezer Ben‑Yehuda was a Litvak lexicographer and newspaper editor. He was the driving spirit behind the revival of the Hebrew language in the modern era.

Jeff Prucher is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Jeff Prucher is an author.

Henry Watson Fowler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Henry Watson Fowler was an English schoolmaster, lexicographer and commentator on the usage of the English language. He is notable for both A Dictionary of Modern English Usage and his work on ...more

Anton Pann is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Anton Pann, was an Ottoman-born Wallachian composer, musicologist, and Romanian-language poet, also noted for his activities as a printer, translator, and schoolteacher. Pann was an influential ...more

Thomas Elyot is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Sir Thomas Elyot was an English diplomat and scholar.

Ivar Aasen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Ivar Andreas Aasen was a Norwegian philologist, lexicographer, playwright, and poet. He is best known for having created one of Norway's official languages, Nynorsk.

Ali-Akbar Dehkhoda is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Allameh Ali Akbar Dehkhodā was a prominent Iranian linguist, and author of the most extensive dictionary of the Persian language ever published.

Katherine Barber is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Katherine Patricia Mary Barber is a Canadian lexicographer and was previously Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Oxford Dictionary. Born in Ely, Cambridgeshire, England, she received a Bachelor of ...more

Avraham Even-Shoshan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Avraham Even-Shoshan was a Russian-born Hebrew linguist and lexicographer, compiler of the Even-Shoshan dictionary, one of the foremost dictionaries of the Hebrew language.

Émile Littré is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Émile Maximilien Paul Littré was a French lexicographer, freemason and philosopher, best known for his Dictionnaire de la langue française, commonly called "The

Erin McKean is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Erin McKean is an American lexicographer, based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Robert Burchfield is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Robert William Burchfield CNZM, CBE was a lexicographer, scholar, and writer, who edited the Oxford English Dictionary for thirty years to 1986, and was Chief Editor from 1971.

Susie Dent is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Susie Dent is an English lexicographer. She is best known for her work in Dictionary Corner on Countdown on Channel 4.

Frederick James Furnivall is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Frederick James Furnivall, one of the co-creators of the Oxford English Dictionary, was an English philologist. He founded a number of learned societies on early English Literature, and made ...more

Ladislav Zgusta is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Ladislav Zgusta Ladislav Zgusta was a Czech–American historical linguist and lexicographer, who wrote one of the first textbooks on lexicography. He was a professor of linguistics and classics at the University ...more

Jesse Sheidlower is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Jesse Sheidlower is an author and editor specializing in English linguistics and lexicography. From 1999 until 2005 he was Principal North American Editor at the Oxford English Dictionary; since ...more

Adrian Room is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Adrian Room was a noted Toponymist, Onomastician, and Lexicographer that began researching name origins in 1974. He published over 50 reference books.

John Simpson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
John Simpson OBE is an English lexicographer and was Chief Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary from 1993 to 2013.

Thomas Cooper is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Thomas Cooper was an English bishop, lexicographer, theologian, and writer.

Peter Roget is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Peter Mark Roget FRS was a British physician, natural theologian and lexicographer. He is best known for publishing, in 1852, the Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases, a classified collection ...more

Barbara Ann Kipfer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Barbara Ann Kipfer Barbara Ann Kipfer is a lexicographer. She has written more than 50 books, including 14,000 Things to be Happy About, which has more than a million copies in print and has given rise to many ...more

Paul Robert is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Paul Robert Paul Charles Jules Robert, usually called Paul Robert, was a French lexicographer and publisher, best known for his large Dictionnaire alphabétique et analogique de la langue ...more

William Smith is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
William Smith Sir William Smith was an English lexicographer.

Joseph Emerson Worcester is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Joseph Emerson Worcester Joseph Emerson Worcester was an American lexicographer who was the chief competitor to Noah Webster of Webster's Dictionary in the mid-nineteenth-century. Their rivalry became known as the ...more

Grant Barrett is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Grant Barrett Grant Barrett is an American lexicographer, specializing in slang, jargon and new usage. He is also co-host and co-producer of the nationwide public radio show A Way With Words, and editor of ...more

Khalil ibn Ahmad is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Khalil ibn Ahmad Abu ‘Abd ar-Raḥmān al-Khalīl ibn Aḥmad ibn ‘Amr ibn Tammām al-Farāhīdī al-Azdī al-Yaḥmadī, more commonly known as Al-Farahidi or simply Al-Khalīl, was one of the earliest Arab lexicographers and ...more

Johan Hendrik van Dale is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Johan Hendrik van Dale

Antonio de Nebrija is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Antonio de Nebrija Antonio de Nebrija, also known as Antonio de Lebrija, Elio Antonio de Lebrija, Antonius Nebrissensis, and Antonio of Lebrixa, was a Spanish Renaissance scholar. He was a teacher, historian, poet ...more

Thomas Blount is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Thomas Blount Thomas Blount was an English antiquarian and lexicographer.

Antoine Furetière is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Antoine Furetière Antoine Furetière, French scholar and writer, was born in Paris.

Isaac K. Funk is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Isaac Kaufmann Funk was an American Lutheran minister, editor, lexicographer, publisher, and spelling reformer. He was the co-founder of Funk & Wagnalls Company, the father of author Wilfred ...more

Judah A. Joffe is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Judah Achilles Joffe was a Yiddish philologist. Among Joffe's noted works is his 1949 critical edition of the Bovo-Bukh, the most popular chivalric romance in the Yiddish language. He was also a ...more

Vladimir Dal is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Vladimir Dal Vladimir Ivanovich Dal was one of the greatest Russian language lexicographers. He was a founding member of the Russian Geographical Society. He knew at least six languages including Turkic and ...more

Willard R. Espy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Willard R. Espy Willard Richardson Espy was a US editor, philologist, writer, poet, and local historian. He was the best-known collector of and commentator on word play of his time, and is also particularly ...more

Pierre Larousse is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Pierre Larousse Pierre Athanase Larousse was a French grammarian, lexicographer and encyclopaedist. He published many of the outstanding educational and reference works of 19th-century France, including the 15 ...more

Samuel Pegge is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Samuel Pegge Samuel Pegge - the younger was an antiquary, poet, musical composer and lexicographer. He was the son of Samuel Pegge and their work is frequently intertwined. He was the only surviving son of ...more

Charles Talbut Onions is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Charles Talbut Onions Charles Talbut Onions was an English grammarian and lexicographer and the fourth editor of the Oxford English Dictionary. Born in Edgbaston, Birmingham, the son of a designer and embosser of ...more

Adam Willis Wagnalls is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Adam Willis Wagnalls was an American publisher. He was the co-founder and co-eponym of the Funk & Wagnalls Company in 1877. Wagnalls was born in Lithopolis, Ohio, but moved away at age 5. ...more

John Walker is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
John Walker was an English stage actor, philologist and lexicographer. Early in life he became an actor, his theatrical engagements including one with David Garrick at Drury Lane, and a long ...more